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Splurge and Save on Shoes

Kelly Ann Butterbaugh

Want a great way to save money while shopping? Buy expensive shoes. Sound crazy? It makes more sense than you think.

The Basic Facts

Shoes can be expensive for two reasons: 1) they're well-made; 2) they're stylish. While they can be both, focus on expensive well-made shoes. This doesn't mean you need to result to flat rubber soled style nightmares; there are stylishly well-made shoes. Poorly manufactured footwear is an indisputable cause of many foot related problems such as bunions, corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails. Even knee, hip, lower back, and neck pain can cite its beginnings in the feet. Instead, wear well-made shoes.


Skip the temptation to put cheaper shoes on the feet of young children. While they won't complain about the foot pain or bunions, they will suffer the consequences. Those crazy shoes sported during the teenage years will demand a price as well. The twenty-six bones of the foot don't set in their final place until the age of eighteen. Find supportive and properly fitting shoes for the young feet in the family.

Cheaply Made vs. Cheaply Priced

There are great shoes found at a cheap price. (I just found a pair of high quality all-weather boots the retail for more than $80 for $32 - cheaply priced, not cheaply made.) Then, there are cheaply made shoes at hidden price. Know how to spot the difference. Cheaply made shoes tend to hurt the feet during wear because they aren't formed properly to fit the foot. Shoes do not need to be broken in! They should fit properly the first time and every time.


Style doesn't have to be a sacrifice, as stylish shoes can be made well, but stick to some guidelines. Doctors advise that shoes have laces, Velcro, or straps, which guarantee a proper fit. Slip-on shoes are often purchased and sized too small for the foot. Likewise, heels should stay between 1 to 2 1/2 inches and should be chunky rather than slim.

What Makes a Good Shoe

What separates the good from the cheap? A good quality shoe will be made of leather. Some offer soles made from rubber or another material, but they will keep a leather upper. The leather should be pliable but not too soft. Looks matter. If the stitches look rushed and the trim shoes glue along the edges, the shoe was made quickly and without care. Are there expensive shoes that are made cheaply? Absolutely! Learn which brands offer quality shoes and watch for them.


The Savings

There are great places to find quality shoes at lower prices. Sometimes a lesser known brand offers a great shoe; trust in what your foot feels. Watch the clearance aisle and catalog clearances. If you must pay the full price, it's worth it. The shoes will last for years and you'll want to wear them every day, while the cheaper shoes will sit aside in your closet and wear in a season or two. Cheaply made shoes wear quickly and cost more on a per-wear basis. Add this to long-term medical bills and you'll see why expensive shoes can save you money.

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May 27, 20080 found this helpful

This is particularly true of men's shoes, which are worn regularly - and walking shoes. Women usually have fashion don't have to be as sturdy. But for walking around, and everyday wear, sturdy, well-made shoes can keep your feet from aching! (I also rotate my shoes daily, even the sneakers, so I can distribute the stress on my footbones. Seems to help my feet, despite my fallen metatarsal bones! Also good to air out shoes between wearings.)


Avoid shoeboxes in the front of the shoe which are too tight - and sharply pointed shoes which cramp the toes. This is the sort of bad shoe that can contribute to bunions!

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May 27, 20080 found this helpful

Proof of the coments posted here;
When my daughter was looking for shoes to wear as a waitress, the shoe sales lady told her she could sell $39.00 shoes like Dr Scholls that would last 3 months, OR sell her a pair of Red Wing that cost $99.00 and were guarenteed for two years. We bought the Red Wing that need no 'breaking' in and she was still wearing them after the two years passed.

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April 16, 20090 found this helpful

You get what you pay for!

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October 4, 20150 found this helpful

My pediatrician always said to buy good everyday shoes for the children but it was ok to buy the less expensive party shoes because they only wore them for a few hours.

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